Though her hit song "Domino" came out over a year ago, Jessie J
might be looking at a serious price tag for the song due to some claims that she ripped off a few chords and melodies to make it.
Musician Will Loomis
, frontman of Santa Barbara
band Loomis and the Lust
, filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against the UK pop star this week, seeking damages from the artist and her labels (Universal Music Group, Lava Records, Universal Republic Records
) over the song, which he says is almost identical to one of his tunes. The claim is that she knowingly infringed on elements of Loomis' song "Bright Red Chords," written in 2008, which appeared on the band's 2009 album Nagasha
. Loomis says he'd caught wind of Jessie J's song, which shares the exact same four punchy guitar chords, after a fan from Albany, New York brought it to his attention.
"A fan of ours, who I'd never met, had bought our CD out of a bargain bin at a local record store," Loomis told the Weekly
over the phone. "A couple months later, he wrote me an email basically saying 'I just wanted to let you know that you're being ripped off by an artist in the U.K.'" After hearing Jessie J's song and sharing it with friends, Loomis decided he had a case. Listening to the two jams side by side, it's hard to argue that the structure, though very basic, is pretty much exactly the same right down to the phrasing of the verses.